SENTINEL POETRY #17
APRIL 2004

POEMS BY

ROBERTA A. McQUEEN
Five Poems

MICHAEL SMITH
Upstream

QUINA L. FELDSTEIN
In The Corner

AKINBOLA E. AKINWUNMI
Baptism

JOHN BRYAN
Five Poems

DAVID E. HOWERTON
Five Poems

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JOHN BRYAN


HYGIENE WASHES IT'S HANDS OF THIS AFFAIR
 
mouth reeks of seafood extender, prawns
expire Jan. 04, Oz crawl the capsized
remnants of their refugee seed bun
to have lashed at my tongue's tip
a ripped eye or two, instead of allowing
it's instincts to loll
anus blows bubbles in the bellows, a polluted
Manly beach, ignited by commotion
from shipwrecked sulphur hulls
obstructions in the River Styx at the S - Bend
buoyed in the ceramic control chair as the bad air
rushes up and the good air rushes down
colliding in a whirlpool of bile
viscous clear, pristene yet dirty
where all the oceans meet
tommorrow, tides permitting, when there's another
direct passage parting through me, will swallow
a piece of string very long that reaches
the exit while held at the entry
both ends will be glad to see each other
the practicality of their kiss
displayed as a knot
then can
dredge myself

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